1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Bells Bull In A China Shop - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Not Rated.
Bells Bull In A China Shop
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
85
very good

65 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 65
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: chinchill on 08-17-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of _morandi_
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

_morandi_, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of midlifec
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

midlifec, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of drbenderdo
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

drbenderdo, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

tectactoe, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of mervmurry
4/5  rDev +5.8%

mervmurry, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of mrebeka
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

mrebeka, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Jas45678
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Jas45678, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

DanGeo, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of kzoobrew
4/5  rDev +5.8%

kzoobrew, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of tdmccarthy
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

tdmccarthy, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Mebuzzard, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of jl2414
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

jl2414, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of lucasj82
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

lucasj82, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of StoutIrish
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

StoutIrish, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of mothman
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Color was a ruby hued amber copper.

Nose is a candied syrup. Sugary sweet with caramel.

Flavor profile: Caramel and toffee malts. A lot of tropical fruits. Citrus, pineapple, and mango. Floral hops. Very citrusy.

Mouthfeel: Dank and citrusy. Medium bodied.

Overall, solid bwine with lots of flavor. Very Americanized with tons of hops.

mothman, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Soto
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Soto, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of Stu_Grimson
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Stu_Grimson, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of kybeerdrinker
4/5  rDev +5.8%

kybeerdrinker, May 31, 2014
Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fairly clear orange copper with a lingering frothy cream head.

Aroma is surprisingly fruity, with notes of mango and pineapple joining muted grapefruit, countering a boozy, caramelly sweet malt note.

Flavor reveals lots of floral hop character initially, with malt sweetness hitting mid palate and carrying into a fairly bitter finish. Muted citrus, grapefruit, balance the sweetness well. Resin lingers in the aftertaste.

Body is fairly full, with carbonation on the low side and fairly high alcohol warmth.

Hops definitely dominate, but the malt character is strong enough to add depth. A little hot. Malt complexity is somewhat dwarfed by the hop character.

barczar, May 30, 2014
Photo of jkball01
4/5  rDev +5.8%

jkball01, May 30, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With the elegance of its juicy malt center to seduce the palate and then its brazen hop bitterness to pang away at the palate with its citrus bite, its grace and its power make this such and aptly named barleywine.

Its succulent toffee sweetness greets the nose and the tip of the tongue with buttery caramel, maple and whole grain crust. Nutty like pecan and bready like pancake, the initial sip is powerfully sweet and savory.

And as its creamy sweetness quivers slightly, the leeway for hops step up- bringing about a plethora of citrusy flavors lead by vibrant orange and lesser pink grapefruit. As its estery side shows, other fruits of pineapple, apricot, sultan, date, mango and passion fruit wrap around the beer's residual biscuity sweetness for a high marmalade effect.

Its long finish allows the fruity sweetness to dissolve slowly as spicy flavors emerge. Both rum and port alcohols give a peppery and shy balance to the sweetness as its allows its pithy bitterness to carry much of the load, dragging behind the herbal earthiness of tea leaf and fresh-pulled tobacco.

With a deeply rooted English type of maltiness and yeast portrayal, the deeply hued amber ale sings British brewing praises but its hop balance is as much of the Pacific Northwest as it is of the British Isles.

BEERchitect, May 30, 2014
Photo of carmike813
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

carmike813, May 27, 2014
Photo of tmryan21
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

tmryan21, May 26, 2014
Photo of cjgator3
3/5  rDev -20.6%

cjgator3, May 24, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Bells Bull In A China Shop from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.